Definition of hypocoristic in English:
Denoting or of the nature of a pet name or diminutive form of a name.
- The hypocoristic types differ both in their affective/emotive connotations and in who uses them.
- Consider the hypocoristic data in representing a common pattern in Arabic.
- When one needs to call a young child, the hypocoristic form of the mother's name is used, e.g. ishaVeneth ‘Little Beneth’.
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A hypocoristic name or form.
- This list tends to exclude these more obvious hypocoristics and focus on other kinds.
- We will return to this problem after considering the general structural constraints on hypocoristics.
- These formations are of a different type than the hypocoristics discussed in Benua under Output-Output constraints.
mid 19th century: from Greek hupokorisma, from hupokorizesthai 'play the child', from hupo 'under' + korē 'child'.
- Example sentences
- ‘Bill’ was not used as a hypocorism during the Middle Ages and so the surname ‘Bill’ is not involved.
- The suffix o/a attaches to Pilipin - before the hypocorism to o/ay.
- A hypocoristic (or hypocorism) is a lesser form of the given name used in more intimate situations, as a term of endearment, a pet name.
Definition of hypocoristic in:
- US English dictionary
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